Metal Thicknesses in Restoration

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    I am patching several panels on my ’40 21C Ford Panel. In preparation for purchasing metal for the different areas to be patched the metal is very seldom, if ever 18 gauge as is recommended by most for replacement panels.

    My question is whether or not I should try and shape 18 gauge and weld to the panel that remains (although thinner than 18 gauge) that’s in proper condition or should I match up thickness to thickness (up to 22 gauge) and use modern technology primers, paints, and coatings to prevent deteriation?

    It has been my experience that it is easier to join similar thicknesses, but I also don’t want to find myself wishing I’d picked up the thickness sometime down the road.

    Mr. Rust Bucket

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